Engage Cymru

Engage Cymru is the leading membership organisation for gallery education in Wales and has over 70 members, including gallery and museum educators, teachers, local authority officers and artists.

Engage Cymru promotes gallery education through advocacy, regular area group meetings, networking and professional development training events, and through its research projects.

Nominations for Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education

Do you know someone doing excellent and inspirational work in gallery or visual art education and learning? Please completed a nomination form and submit it to info@engage.org. Deadline for nominations Tuesday 1 December 2020, 10am. Nomination forms can be found on the events and opportunities page.

Fourteen Syrian refugee children from three counties across North Wales will take part in the Engage Cymru online October half term project

The project’s aims are:

  • Building community cohesion
  • Tackling social isolation during lockdown
  • Increasing the well-being of participants and their families during a challenging period
  • Supporting participants to gain an Explore Level Arts Award
  • Piloting Arts Award online with young people with English as an additional language

The project will be led by artist Wendy Connelly of i-RAW Studios with support from Ty Pawb, and has been funded by Arts Council of Wales, Wrexham County Borough Council Community Cohesion Team, business partner Wales and West Housing Association and Arts & Business Cymru through the CultureStep programme. Originally planned as a face to face project, Wendy has innovatively adapted the project to be delivered live and direct from her i-RAW studio via Zoom. Participants will also be taken on a virtual tour of Ty Pawb, including an Exhibition of Creativity Throughout Lockdown.

Screenshot from the online project workshop with artist Wendy Connelly

Engage Cymru would also like to acknowledge additional support from Wrexham Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, Wrexham EAL Service and the British Red Cross case worker teams across Denbighshire, Wrexham and Conwy.

Throughout the week, participants will be supported to engage in a wide variety of activities, exploring sense of place and belonging, and work towards their Explore Level Arts Award qualification. It is hoped the participants’ achievements will be celebrated in a post lockdown gathering.

COVID-19 freelance artist commission

WAHWN (Wales Arts Health & Wellbeing Network) with funding from Wales Arts International has commissioned 3 freelance practitioners to initiate discussions with arts and health networks and practitioners in Ireland, focusing on how the Covid-19 restrictions are impacting their practice and exploring possibilities for collaboration. 

Artists Clare Charles and Gail Howard are scoping ideas with Outlandish Theatre Platform and musician Iori Haugen will be sharing practice with Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) and freelance musicians based in Ireland, looking at both challenges and opportunities. This work will help to build the capacity of WAHWN, whilst opening up opportunities for longer term partnership and collaboration. WAHWN will be sharing details of a number of bursary places to attend the WHAT Check In Check Up professional development event in Dublin in November. Further details to follow.

Iori Haugen will be taking up his new role shortly as Music Coordinator for Swansea Bay University Health Board, working alongside Arts & Health Coordinator Prue Thimbleby. Clare Charles and Gail Howard are both Made in Roath artists.

For further details contact Angela Rogers, WAHWN Coordinator info@wahwn.cymru 

About the Wales Arts Health and Wellbeing Network

WAHWN, the Wales Arts Health & Wellbeing Network, is coordinated by Engage Cymru with funding from the Arts Council of Wales. WAHWN launched in 2019 and has since expanded to include almost 300 arts and health professional members. 90 members have participated in Creative & Credible arts and health evaluation training over the past year, aimed at supporting colleagues to deliver robust and credible evidence of their work.

Any Wales-based colleagues delivering arts, health and well-being focused work can sign up for free, upload their profile, view and post opportunities, blogs and a wide range of resources in the Knowledge Bank section. Join the Wales Arts Health and Wellbeing Network at wahwn.cymru.

Video presentation of Angela Rogers, WAHWN (Wales Arts Health & Well-being Network) Coordinator talking about how the Network has evolved and developments in the arts and health sector in Wales. Filmed by artist Abigail Sidebotham at the request of Chris Fremantle, Robert Gordon University.